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An Octonode Connecting Node Concept And Method

Abstract: 
Innovators at NASAs Johnson Space Center (JSC) have developed the Octonode, a 26-faced Great Rhombicuboctahedron Archimedean solid that allows easy integration of multiple docking mechanisms, hatches, windows, and external and internal systems via the use of flat surfaces. The uniqueness of the innovation is the availability of the 26 panels (6 octagons, 8 hexagons, and 12 squares) for different uses. The panels can be constructed with a variety of materials and manufacturing processes then connected together and sealed. Other types of connecting nodes require elaborate tooling and processes to manufacture curved surfaces. The Octonodes shape and its use of flat panels lends itself to easy integration of ports and subsystems.
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Patent Number: 
8047473
Internal Laboratory Ref #: 
JSC-QL-0015
Patent Status: 
Until Patent Expiration Date: 2030-01-10
Patent Issue Date: 
January 1, 1970
Agency
NASA
State: 
Texas
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